My first rhea egg!

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Highlander, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    My female rhea laid her first egg today. It seems like I have been waiting forever for it! My male has already hollowed out a nest and although he is not sitting she laid it right beside the nest so it won't be long before he sits I don't think. Now the big question is, to incubate or to eat!!

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  2. rrrmamma

    rrrmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrqats. I say incubate!. That egg would be a meal for 4[​IMG] Thanks for your kind thoughts on Opa's thread. Being home around my animals and hiking the property every day really is healing.
    (except for the sore muscles)
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    It doesn't seem that long ago that you picked them up. What was the weight of the egg? I like to know the weight of the egg so that I can figure the chicken egg equivalency.
     
  4. Highlander

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    It was actually a pretty small one for rhea standards - 465g. Still would make a pretty decent omelette though!!
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I just did the math and it's equal to 8 large eggs.
     
  6. Highlander

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    Well shoot, I was hoping for at least a dozen! :p
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Since this was her first I guess it would be considered to be a pullet egg.
     
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow! 465g for a 'pullet' egg! [​IMG] That's pretty amazing.
    I'd eat it. Well... I mean, I'd maybe manage to eat HALF of it. LOL!

    Do you know how many eggs a year they're supposed to lay?
     
  9. Highlander

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    Around 50 or so, give or take. More if I keep taking them away!
     
  10. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

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    Congrats on the first egg Vicki, I think I would have to eat the first on just to try it out! Then incubate away. Do you have an incubator that will accommodate those enormous eggs?
     

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